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Dive Review of CHERTAN in
Papua New Guinea/MILNE BAY

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David McKowen, AL, United States
Report Number 2755
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
KBR,Bali,Fiji,Tahiti,Phillipines,Roatan,Utila,Caymans,Bahamas,Florida,Louis
iana,Wakatobi,Turks and Cacos,Cocos Island,
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
100   to 20    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None,divers are treated as responsible adults,if the boat was not
moving"the pool was open."  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Rob(thecaptain)is an avid videographer/photographer,the boat has a large
camera table,trained crew,and multiple charging stations(220 and 110).Rob
and Mellita have astounding "eyes",they will dive with you or
allow completely unrestricted diving,solo divings is allowed.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
  Best macro boat diving in the world!I have spent over six months on the
Chertan in nine years and have never been disappointed,I photographed over
one hundred different Nudibranchs this trip.The crew is well trained,
friendly,and knowledgeable.Rob VanDerLoos,the owner/captain,loves to dive
as much as his guests;his enthusiasm adds to everyones enjoyment of the
charter.
  Diving is usually off the back of the boat,sometimes by dinghy.Macro
dives are usuall muck dives but seamounts with pelagics and crystal clear
water are also visited.Manta Ray station combines Mantas with oustanding
Macro-I shot photos of Coleman's pygmy seahorse here several years
ago.There are no restrictions placed on diving,but safety is not
compromised,a watch is kept day or night(even for 2am solo divers),with a
dinghy always available.Each tank rack has a tank unless someone is
diving-a simple,foolproof method to insure all divers are aboard.Tanks are
filled to 2900-3000 via a huge bank with 2 compressors,no waiting for
refills.There are 2 rinse tanks for cameras and the crew is well trained. 
  The boat is clean with excellent food but the cabins are small with
showers and heads on the main deck.
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